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Faith bond spans generations for Princeville grandfather and grandson

Bishop Jenky anoints Alex Butterfield of St. Mary of the Woods Parish in Princeville during a "cathedral confirmation" March 19 that drew 80 confirmands from 15 parishes. Standing behind Alex is his grandfather and sponsor, Roger Feucht. The two were baptized on the same day in 2003 during the Easter Vigil liturgy at the Princeville parish. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

PRINCEVILLE — As grandfather and grandson, Roger Feucht and Alex Butterfield share a love for Alaska, the outdoors and fishing. As brothers in Christ, they share a much deeper connection. Thirteen years ago, they were baptized at the Easter Vigil at St. Mary of the Woods Church here. They shared another special moment last Sunday, […]

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Sister Kathleen Ann Mourisse, OSF, elected president of Heading Avenue Franciscans

Sister Kathleen Ann Mourisse, OSF

WEST PEORIA — Sister Kathleen Ann Mourisse, OSF, has been elected to serve as president of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception. She succeeds Sister Paula Vasquez, OSF, who will complete her second term in June. Elected to serve on the general council were: Sister Irene Marie Fritch of Peoria, vice president, […]

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Streator to host as ‘Night of Knights’ will honor eight for service on April 1

STREATOR — Eight members of the Knights of Columbus from around the Diocese of Peoria will be honored for outstanding service to the organization, the church, and their communities at the 29th annual “Night of Knights” recognition dinner here on Saturday, April 1. The event, sponsored by the Peoria Diocese Chapter Knights of Columbus, begins […]

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Funeral Mass at Holy Cross, Champaign, for Deacon Henry “Hank” Hart, 86

Deacon Henry "Hank" Hart

CHAMPAIGN – A funeral Mass was celebrated on March 22 at Holy Cross Church here for Deacon Henry “Hank” Riley Hart, 86, a permanent deacon of the Diocese of Peoria for nearly 25 years who served Holy Cross Parish. Deacon Hart died on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at his home in Champaign. Father David Sajdak, […]

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Seminarian Danny McShane strives to be transformed by God’s love, share it

Danny McShane of Lincoln is studying to be a priest for the Diocese of Peoria at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. (Photo by Nellie Photography)

Danny McShane already has a wealth of experience to bring to priestly ministry. A seminarian at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, he organized Mount2000, a eucharistic retreat offered entirely by the seminarians for more than 1,000 high school students, this year. For the last two summers, he has been responsible for running Emmaus […]

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College students take ‘next step’ in discerning God’s plan at retreat

As part of the Next Step Discernment Retreat, students were invvited to meet individually with the priests, married couple and consecrated women present. Here Theresa Ponichi visits with Sister M. Karolyn Nunes, FSGM. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was part of “Vocations 2017,” a special section of the March 26 edition of The Catholic Post. To see the entire section, click on the Post’s “E-Edition” link. CHAMPAIGN — God has a unique plan for each person’s life and 80 college students spent a recent Saturday considering what that might be […]

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Better spiritual vision this Lent: clear sight of the soul leads to belief in Christ

Shawn Reeves

Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday)/March 26 1 Samuel 16:1b,6-7,10-13a; Psalm 23:1-3a,3b-4,5,6; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41 When I was younger, I was fascinated with the biology of the human eye, so much so that I adopted the topic for my junior high science fair project. I was captivated by the precision with which the ocular pigments […]

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Bartonville parish liturgical music director attends conference at Vatican

Mary Ann Fahey, liturgical music director at St. Anthony Parish in Bartonville and director of the St. Anthony Camerate Chorale Ecumenical Festival Choir, greets Pope Francis during an international conference on sacred music at the Vatican March 2-4. (Provided photo)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is a first person report by Mary Ann Fahey. Music, not just any music, but sacred music, and how it has evolved these past 50 years since Vatican Council II was the topic of discussion at a recent conference called by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture and Catholic Education. My husband, […]

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“Beauty and the Beast” (Disney)

Emma Watson stars in a scene from the movie "Beauty and the Beast." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Disney)

By Catholic News Service Disney’s live-action adaptation of its beloved 1991 animated film is an imaginative if problematic work, an old-fashioned Hollywood musical with an arresting visual style. The eponymous lovely (Emma Watson) exchanges places with her kidnapped father (Kevin Kline) in a haunted castle inhabited by a furry monster (Dan Stevens), who is in […]

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“The Belko Experiment” (Orion)

By Catholic News Service Poorly conceived drama about workplace competition, probably intended as an allegory, wallows in meaningless gore. Employees of a Colombia field office of a faceless American corporation are ordered, on the PA system, to start killing each other so that more won’t die. Director Greg McLean and screenwriter James Gunn orchestrate a […]

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